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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Tool and Motivation, 5 Jan. 2013
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I rarely am sufficiently motivated to write a review, but the FitBit tracker deserves it. I'm actually fairly good about willpower when it comes to health and weight loss, but this tips it over into an active desire to get my 10,000 steps and 10 floors of stairs in a day.

Incredibly well-designed and clean interface, web-page/dashboard and data, easy to use, and incredibly small and light (the photo is actually of the tracker IN its carrying case, it's downright tiny), I strongly recommend it for any normal human being (especially if you're also primarily desk-bound in a city like me) wanting to lose weight in a measured, rational and reliable way, and increase your general sense of health and wellbeing.


Epson Stylus Photo PX820FWD All-in-One Printer (Scan, Copy, Fax, Duplex, Wi-Fi)
Epson Stylus Photo PX820FWD All-in-One Printer (Scan, Copy, Fax, Duplex, Wi-Fi)

3.0 out of 5 stars Great for Everything but Photos (Ironically), 13 Mar. 2012
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Compact printer, auto duplex is nice and pain-free, and the all-in-one package looks good too, but the bottom-loading paper tray (with no option to sheet feed otherwise) fails consistently at 'grabbing' photo paper (190g/m2 - the 'lightest' and cheapest Epson photo paper) and feeding it up and around to print, resulting in multiple paper jam errors, irritating beeping (no option to turn it off either) and the need to manually press the 'Start' button to get it to try again. Sitting here now trying to print 11 8x10's from last night's shoot and have gotten through six in 22 minutes because each requires an average of seven attempts (I'm keeping a spreadsheet and averaging them each time since I'm chained to the thing until I coax all the prints out). My previous (top-feeding) Epson Photo Stylus was great; could hit print and go burn the CD or whatever else and come back to the prints being done. I can't even use proper high-quality photo paper; it simply will never grab and manipulate it 'round to the print heads and out.

That being said, when they actually DO print, the quality is fine, but the actual functionality of the beast means I'm wasting my time (hence money) every time I use it.


Command Hook Wire Backed Picture Hanging Hook
Command Hook Wire Backed Picture Hanging Hook
Price: £2.92

2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Absurd Wasteful Shipping, 15 Sept. 2011
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I recently ordered six of these, and for some inexplicable (and from an ecologically inexcusable) reason, they each shipped in a separate envelope. While I don't pay for shipping as a member of Amazon Prime, it's absurd that they couldn't be all put together into one envelope (as they're not heavy, delicate or bulky.)


HJ HJ90 The original wool Softop non elastic sock Men's Socks Black 11 to 13 - 6 Pack
HJ HJ90 The original wool Softop non elastic sock Men's Socks Black 11 to 13 - 6 Pack
Offered by Socks Uwear®
Price: £24.25

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "Non-Elastic" Ankle Wear, 14 Feb. 2011
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I'm not sure who thought it would be a good idea to remove any elasticity from socks, but as a result, they hang loosely around the ankles quite fetchingly (but quite frustratingly). There are three odd 'bands' of smooth fabric at the top of the calf portion of the sock that one might assume possess practical (or mystical) properties of adhesiveness, but alas, they too fail to provide any non-cosmetic value. Perhaps I'm missing something or failed to successfully read the instructions (on socks), but these don't merit much more than one of five stars, which I give it for at least being formed in the general shape of a foot.
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Apple MacBook Pro 15" Docking Station Mid 2009+ (Non-Retina) By Henge Docks
Apple MacBook Pro 15" Docking Station Mid 2009+ (Non-Retina) By Henge Docks

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant Product, 12 Jan. 2011
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These docks are amazingly simple, elegant and effective. They arrive with all the cables you need to plug your existing kit and peripherals into (though I do recommend getting the 'extended' mini-Display Port to monitor (DVI or VGA as necessary) cable from Henge as it has the reach necessary to get from the dock's video-out port to beyond the frame's base, which Apple's own version doesn't). Once set up properly (easy to do, just took a little adjustment to get all the plugs at the right heights to socket correctly into the laptop), it's amazing how simple it makes working off of your laptop in the dock.

The 'fit' is just right, snug and comfortable without needing to be forced in (frankly, the weight of the laptop is sufficient to lodge it properly in the dock if you let it 'drop' slowly in) and once docked sits solidly on the desk (no worries about it tipping over.) The upright form factor keeps it running cool (air all around it) and saves a comparatively huge amount of space on the desk. Can't say enough about how much I love this product (and how it's made my desk the envy of my otherwise 100% PC organisation!)


Lighter (Refillable)
Lighter (Refillable)

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Elegant, Yet Barely Functional, 22 Jan. 2010
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The lighter looks very nice, packaged well, and fits comfortably in the hand, but unfortunately, that's where the positive aspects end. It takes three to four 'clicks' to get a flame to light, and when it does, it's sputtering and weak, and goes out as often as it lights a candle. It also arrived nearly empty, and was no better after refilling (extra butane not included, by the way.)

Not impressive, purchase elsewhere.
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Imperia Italian Pasta Gift Set
Imperia Italian Pasta Gift Set
Price: £68.53

169 of 169 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Solid Product, 22 Jun. 2007
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Bought this a month ago after taking a pasta class at cooking school, and have been using it once or twice a week since with great glee! It's incredibly solid construction, easy to use and reliable, and the extra cutting attachments fit cleanly onto the main roller unit. While I initially scoffed at the small size of the rolling pin included, I soon realised that it was clearly by design as anything larger would be pointless when initially rolling out the dough to first put through the machine. The included ravioli tray is a bit light, and the holes themselves are (in my opinion and experience) too small for properly tasty ravioli, but it's a minor detail, and one easily remedied by the use of the mouth of a white wine glass to cut larger circles from the rolled pasta instead.

I've since learned that Imperia is the brand of choice of most of my chefs-professors (who are themselves Italian), which is a nice endorsement. Highly recommended....
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